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We get asked a lot of good questions. Here are some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get about working in manufacturing.
Why did you choose Manufacturing?
"My dad was a machinist and his dad was a machinist. I enjoyed working with my hands and my high school metals teacher got me my first job in the industry."
"I think it choose me after working in a manufacturing shop over the summer I wanted more and it was a paid education after high school. Not big loans lasting for years."
Are there different type of jobs in manufacturing?
Yes! Advanced manufacturing touches a lot of territory from aviation to medicine to cell phones to dentistry and on and on….Engineering, design, research & development, project manager, CNC programmer, machine operator, etc.
What is the starting salary?
Starting in the trade with little to no experience, pay is normally $11-$12 per hour, increasing to about $16 per hour with a two-year degree. The range goes to $25-$30 per hour or more with 10 years experience. The median annual Computer Numeric Controlled Machine Operator salary is $41,996, as of November 07, 2016, with a range usually between $36,897-$47,146, however this can vary widely depending on a variety of factors.
Is the manufacturing industry growing?
Yes! There will be a need for 3.5 million manufacturing workers over the next 10 years and 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled. In short, opportunities are wide ranging. Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute embarked on their third Skills Gap study, seeking to answers to pressing questions on this question.